Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Dad appears in court regarding presumed murder of daughter (Detroit, Michigan)

Dad is D'ANDRE LANE. We've reported on this case before. It appears that all this took place in some sort of custody/visitation situation., though the details have never been made clear.


April 17, 2012 at 8:52 am

Father of Bianca Jones to appear in court today

By Christine Ferretti The Detroit News Detroit— The father of Bianca Jones is due in court Tuesday afternoon for a preliminary examination on allegations he abused and killed the toddler.

D'Andre Lane of Detroit is charged with first-degree felony murder and child abuse. Bianca was last seen Dec. 2. Her body has not been found.

Lane's attorney, Terry L. Johnson, said the hearing in Detroit's 36th District Court is expected to include about 10 prosecution witnesses and could span several days.

Lane has claimed his daughter was in the backseat of his 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis on Dec. 2 when he was forced out at gunpoint by carjackers at Brush and Carter streets. The car was recovered shortly after, but the child was gone.

Prosecutors however have said there's "considerable evidence" linking Lane to the abuse and murder of his child, including statements he allegedly made to investigators.

Detroit police requested a criminal warrant in December for a suspect not publicly named.

A police source close to the investigation previously told The News that cadaver dogs had searched Lane's home and discovered evidence.

Lane maintains he had nothing to do with his daughter's disappearance.

Johnson said his client is being housed in a secure area of the Wayne County Jail on a $3 million bond.